By Walter Rutledge
The weather forecast calls for more heat this weekend. The art scene is also hot this weekend. Theater has been extended uptown, African dance and drums heat up Brooklyn, and the art abounds on 125th Street. Here are a few of the many art events happening in our community and around town.
Accept “Except” LGBT NY, the new Equity showcase production directed and co-produced by Tony Award winner George Faison continues it’s run on Saturday July 7 at 7:30pm, and Sunday July 8 at 5pm at the Faison Firehouse Theater. Written by Karimah Accept “Except” LGBT NY is about the Gay rights struggle for justice in America from slavery to modern-day. The production stars Ceez Liive and Tryee Young as two gay twenty year olds running from the violent mobs, a male from the plantation era (18th Century) and a female from the penitentiary era (21st Century). Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Faison Firehouse Box Office at 212 665 7698. For credit card purchases call Smarttix at 212 868 4444 or online at SMARTTIX.COM
Djembe in the New Millennium - Drum Love is guaranteed to be an evening of eclectic African drum and dance. The African dance and drumming extravaganza will take place on Saturday July 7, 7pm at the Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts located on the downtown Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. The event will feature the works of the African Diaspora by Asase Yaa African American Dance Theatre, and artists from West Africa including; Balla Kouyate (Balafon), Tapani Sissoko (Djelimusso), Yacoubba Sissoko(Kora), Idrissa Kone(Tama), and Moussa Diabate(Ngoni). Tickets are $30 and are available by calling 718-488-1624 or by visiting www.kumbletheater.org.
Enjoy an interactive and informative tour at the Studio Museum in Harlem this Sunday at 1pm. The exhibit entitled Caribbean: Crossroads is the culmination of nearly a decade of collaborative research and scholarship organized by El Museo del Barrio in conjunction with the Queens Museum of Art and The Studio Museum in Harlem. Caribbean: Crossroads offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora. At 2pm children and parents can participant in , a watercolor class inspired by the exhibit. Both events are part of Target Free Sunday. To register for both events visit the website at www.studiomuseum.org/events-calendar.
As Always thank you for letting me share my world with you.
In Photo: 1) Ceez Liive and Tryee Young
Photo Credit: 1) APAC Inc.